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Capirossi and Vermeulen keep options open with Shanghai qualifying run

Capirossi and Vermeulen keep options open with Shanghai qualifying run

Veteran Italian will start from sixth on the grid, Vermeulen eighth.

Rizla Suzuki´s Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen will line up from the second and third row of the grid, respectively, after a positive qualifying session onboard the GSV-R. With rain predicted for Sunday, such positions could leave the duo in with a chance of an early break through the field.

Loris Capirossi – 6th

` "I am quite happy today because this is the first time that we have had a good qualifying. We have worked hard to get the bike's settings right and it is now working well on race tyres. We still have a couple of options for which tyres to use tomorrow and we will decide on that in the morning. The qualifying and race tyres worked well and we have a good rhythm with the race package, and it will be good to start nearer the front. We will see what happens tomorrow as the forecast says rain which will be awful after all the hard work we have put in. Our target remains the same, which is to win races and get podiums, I know that will be hard here, but we will certainly be pushing for it!.´

Chris Vermeulen – 8th

`Things have been a lot better today. The tests after the last few events have really paid off and Bridgestone has helped out and brought us some new rubber that is a lot more competitive – so I am really thankful to them for that. My crew have worked really hard this week and we have had to overcome some major issues in some of the sessions - the guys have worked their hearts out! It has definitely paid off as we were consistently inside the top-five during the qualifying session on race tyres, and on the qualifiers it is a lot better to be right up there. It will still be hard work from the third row, but Suzuki had a good result here last year and we know we can be competitive. I´m looking forward to the race and I´ll certainly be giving it my best!´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, PRAMAC GRAND PRIX OF CHINA

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